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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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Supply Chain Portfolio 2004


Here we are in the New Year. So, what should the going forward picture be of the Supply Chain portfolio? Something old, something new, something from a service provider, something blue. OK, enough of that.

supply chain cycles  picture be of the Supply Chain portfolio? Something old, something new, something from a service provider, something blue (figure 1). OK, enough of that. Something Old In spite of the press, people are continuing to buy and implement solutions from APS to WMS, although at a slower rate. In figure 1, The 2002 Portfolio, we define planning to be more strategic: setting up of supply chains, strategic sourcing, etc.—basically designing chains, trade lanes, selecting outsource partners, etc.—optimizing Read More

RFID Weaving Magic in Apparel Supply Chain


As innovation rates accelerate and product life cycles shorten, companies are increasingly looking for tools to make their supply chain more efficient. Technology, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) has enormously helped supply chain planner.

supply chain cycles  Weaving Magic in Apparel Supply Chain As innovation rates accelerate and product life cycles shorten, companies are increasingly looking for tools to make their supply chain more efficient. Technology, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) has enormously helped supply chain planner. Read More

The Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility


Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal for many companies to achieve? TEC Senior SCM Analyst Bob Eastman answers these questions and offers up some ideas on how to gain greater visibility into your company’s supply chain.

supply chain cycles  Elusive Goal of Supply Chain Visibility Visibility continues to take center stage among many supply chain issues—as it has for more than a few years and is likely to for the foreseeable future. But what is this visibility issue, and why does it continue to be such an elusive goal? Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) has touched on the issue of visibility from many perspectives in many forms in research that can be found on the TEC Web site . Numerous recent events—including stories about Apple and Read More

Tackling the International Supply Chain


Effective supply chain management is vital for global manufacturers' and retailers' success. If TradeBeam GTM blueprint proves successful, the time and money spent managing suppliers to ensure inventory levels are maintained will be optimized

supply chain cycles  the International Supply Chain An Example of TradeBeam''s GTM Solution Blueprints Collaborative Inventory Management (CIM) Another acquisition took place in early 2004, when TradeBeam , an international global trading solutions provider with over 3,000 customers and users in over 100 countries, acquired SupplySolution . SupplySolution is a Southfield, Michigan-based (US) offers a supply chain execution (SCE) application called i-Supply , which communicates inventory levels and consumption patterns Read More

The High-tech Supply Chain Challenge


Supply chain operations play a vital role in the success of any consumer or high-tech original equipment manufacturer (OEM). But some companies consistently outperform in the field. Find out how these companies are making their supply chains more effective and efficient by supporting sophisticated business processes with technologies like integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and demand management software.

supply chain cycles  High-tech Supply Chain Challenge Getting Value From Industry Best Practices the High-Tech Supply Chain Challenge If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Founded in 1972, SAP has a rich history of innovation and growth as a true industry leader. SAP currently has sales and development locations in more than 50 countries worldwide and is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NYSE under the Read More

Supply Chain Vendor Morphs into SCEM with Response Management Vision


Supply chain planning vendors have moved beyond enterprise planning to solutions that encompass the whole supply chain. Companies like Kinaxis are using enterprise response management to manage events and responses as they occur and align results at the point-of-action.

supply chain cycles  Management Vision Background The supply chain planning (SCP) applications market has cooled down dramatically from its high point of activity in the late 1990s. While SCP software vendors like i2 Technologies , Manugistics , Adexa , Synquest (now part of Viewlocity ), and Logility pitched the benefits of integrated product suites, only a minority of tier one, leading edge companies bought into the concept and found successful results. Integrated SCP processes tries to match supply and demand across an Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth


For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.

supply chain cycles  Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in. There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new Read More

Successful Supply Chains Part I: The Nine Rules of a Successful Supply Chain


Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can start losing hold of the critical basics that make them work and, just as importantly, that help the companies using the supply chain meet their own objectives. It is important, therefore, to keep a list of ‘supply chain basics’ handy and continually monitor your supply chain with these underlying principles in mind.

supply chain cycles  Rules of a Successful Supply Chain Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can start losing hold of the critical basics that make them work and, just as importantly, that help the companies using the supply chain meet their own objectives. It is important, therefore, to keep a list of ‘supply chain basics’ handy and continually monitor your supply chain with these underlying principles Read More

Charting a New Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management


Wholesale distributors that pursue growth while neglecting supply chain effectiveness are putting their long-term survival at risk—usually for no good reason. Supply chains have gained complexity in recent years, but solutions for achieving supply chain management (SCM) effectiveness have become both more accessible and easier to deploy. Learn how these solutions can help your company overcome its SCM challenges.

supply chain cycles  Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management Infor SCM (Supply Chain Management) meets the challenge with specialized functionality that takes into account the different supply chain perspectives and unique business challenges of manufacturers, retailers, and transportation and logistics service providers. Source: Infor Resources Related to Charting a New Course in Effective Distribution Supply Chain Management : Supply Chain Management (SCM) (Wikipedia) Charting a New Course in Effective Read More

Supply Chain Management Audio Conference Transcript


This is a transcript of an audio conference on Supply Chain Management presented by TechnologyEvaluation.Com. The presentation used the TEC patented selection engine WebTESS, to conduct a live real time evaluation and selection. It then reviewed the critical differentiating supply chain management criteria, as well as detailed comparisons of i2 Technologies, Manugistics, Aspen Technology, Logility, and Adexa.

supply chain cycles  an audio conference on Supply Chain Management conducted on May 24, 2000. Introduction Good morning everyone, my name is Steve McVey, and I head up the supply chain management research areas for Technology Evaluation Centers . This morning we''re going to discuss a proven, best of breed methodology for evaluating and selecting a supply chain management solution. During the presentation, we will use Technology Evaluation Centers'' patented online selection engine, WebTESS , to guide you through a live, real Read More

ERP for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing


Manufacturers are under pressure to document their impact on the environment. This white paper addresses the various drivers for the green supply chain trend. It also shares considerations for satisfying a customer’s green supply chain initiative or initiating your own. Finally, it discusses the role of enterprise software like enterprise resource planning (ERP) in keeping pace with this industry trend.

supply chain cycles  for Green Supply Chain Management in Manufacturing Manufacturers are under pressure to document their impact on the environment. This white paper addresses the various drivers for the green supply chain trend. It also shares considerations for satisfying a customer’s green supply chain initiative or initiating your own. Finally, it discusses the role of enterprise software like enterprise resource planning (ERP) in keeping pace with this industry trend. Read More

TEC 2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide


This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major next-generation technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions. Included in this guide is a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing this industry, and the innovation and technology that are driving change.

supply chain cycles  2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major next-generation technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions. Included in this guide is a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing Read More

Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View


The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving this objective while minimizing costs is not an easy task.

supply chain cycles  The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View Introduction    The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving this objective while minimizing costs is not an easy task. Each decision made at one level of the supply chain has an impact on another level. The goal of conducting a network analysis is to determine: From how many facilities, which ones Read More

What's in a Name for Supply Chain Vendors?


Paragon Management Systems, now Adexa, is the latest niche supply chain management vendor to re-christen itself in the last seven months. Since July, four small vendors have assumed new names and personas to better differentiate their offerings in the marketplace.

supply chain cycles  in a Name for Supply Chain Vendors? What''s in a Name for Supply Chain Vendors? S. McVey - February 9th, 2000 Event Summary Adexa/Paragon is the latest in a series of re-christenings to occur over the past year among niche supply chain management vendors. As explained in its recent press release, within the name Adexa are implications of ''adaptability'' and ''dexterity''. Adexa''s collaborative planning solution, iCollaboration, helps companies adapt their operations to the new rules of e-business while Read More

Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 3: Meeting the Objectives


Because the technology has become easier to implement, use, and maintain, many of the challenges to achieving the benefits that supply chain management software applications can provide have been removed.

supply chain cycles  Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 3: Meeting the Objectives Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Executive Summary    Growing competitive pressures compel strategies and tactics that yield efficiency and efficacy within virtual supply chains. This is especially true for middle tier suppliers. For example, distributors are finding that they need managers who are not only good expediters and know their products, but who Read More